Our faith and trust in the Lord, and knowing that Ethan is safe with Jesus in heaven gives us peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).
This has not been an easy journey, nor a journey any of us would ever choose. It's downright stinky and hard many days. However, there are days that we can look at the memories and smile. We can see God's hand in carrying us through, and all of the good that has come from such tragedy.
God promises us that He will turn our ashes into beauty. I love this passage:
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.~ Isaiah 61:3 KJV
Oh how I can relate to this verse in so many ways! He truly has and still continues to turn our ashes (losing Ethan) into something beautiful. A few lost have come to Christ for the first time, or have returned and renewed their relationship with Him. Ethan's birthday (November 29th) is the Golden Rule Day--and many less fortunate than us have been helped across the U.S. I could go on and on, but I want to assure you that if you are walking a long, painful road of grief that there IS HOPE IN CHRIST!
You see, our tragedies and hardships in this temporary world and life are just that...temporary.
God promises us that we will win in the end if we don't give up:
And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.~ Galatians 6:9 KJV
**If you are grieving the loss of your child, I'd love to encourage you and pray for you! Please contact me at: jwallace9 at gmail dot com